According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.
Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
A 22-year-old man in another state made a YouTube video where he admitted to driving drunk and killing a 61-year-old man in an accident. The video attracted national attention and may have led to an increased sentence because of his notoriety; at the time of his sentencing the video had been viewed more than two million times.
The admitted social-media-savvy driver said he made the video to accept responsibility. He acknowledged that he frequently drove drunk prior to the accident and attributed his drinking to mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. He claimed the video was made to present a cautionary tale to others who drink and drive.
The driver's BAC was 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit when he was involved in the fatal highway accident. He was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison; the charges called for two-to-eight years.
If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next?
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.